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School responds to pharmacist shortage

As the number of new medications coming to the market soars and as an aging population requires more medications, the demand for pharmacists is outpacing the supply. But the demand is not equally high in all geographic regions. Some populations are severely underserved by pharmacists who are the only members of the health care team trained thoroughly in drug actions, interactions, and economics. The School of Pharmacy at the University of California, San Francisco is challenging this problem through a new training program for Doctor of Pharmacy students in California's Central San Joaquin Valley city of Fresno—a city that is especially hard hit by the pharmacist shortage. For more information: The Pharmacist Workforce: A Study of the Supply and Demand For Pharmacists (PDF, 100 pages, 1.5 MB), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration.

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About the School: The UCSF School of Pharmacy aims to solve the most pressing health care problems and strives to ensure that each patient receives the safest, most effective treatments. Our discoveries seed the development of novel therapies, and our researchers consistently lead the nation in NIH funding. The School’s doctor of pharmacy (PharmD) degree program, with its unique emphasis on scientific thinking, prepares students to be critical thinkers and leaders in their field.